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DIY triple monitor stand plus second tier (4 monitors total)

post #1 of 17
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So there are plenty of threads about making your own tripple monitor stand, and a few people have talked about making it two tiered to fit 4-6 monitors. I just finished making a 4 monitor versions, so here are some pics of what I did. This isn't meant to be a guide, just proof that this can be done, plus a few helpful pointers for those interested in doing something like this.

I started with the basic frame work seen here, but I wanted to expand it to fit 4 monitors. To do this is swapped the T junction for an X junction. The forth monitor will mount off of a 12" pipe, straight over the primary display. Here's a pic:

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I made my own VESA mounts using the template from the previously mentioned thread, but I exaggerated their size by making them 6x6 instead of 5x5. This gave me more wiggle room if something went wrong. Here's a pic of that:

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At this point I ran into some trouble that I (foolishly) did not expect. The X connection meant that the primary monitor didn't sit flush with the wood mounts, while the other monitor did. This means it stuck out about 1/4" when I tried to mount the side monitors. My solution was to put some metal spacers under the pipe straps of the side monitors. I used what I had on me, in this case, pennies. Pro tip: glue the pennies together before trying to slide them under the pipe. Here's a picture of that:

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I next I bolted these bad boys to my desk, and that was that. Here's a picture of the back of the setup with all the monitors attached, and attached to my desk.

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Here's a picture from the front with all the monitor up and running.

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A FEW FINAL THOUGHTS:

All together this took 5 hours, and $90 at home depot. I had to buy a pipe wrench and I didn't have any spare wood around. If you have all the tools and some spare wood, you could do this for $70, maybe less if your homedepot is cheaper than mine.

When you mount the monitors to the pipe, keep their bases on. This makes is way easier to level and tighten. I didn't tighten down my left monitor enough before removing the base, and trying to adjust it without its base was a serious pain.

I used 90 degree to a 90 degree street to connect my arms. This is completely because that's what homedepot had. I wanted to use 45's.

Thanks to eovnu87435ds and seven9st for the inspiration.
post #2 of 17
I like the 90 90 idea more than 45s, considering the outside monitors can slide in and out, you could adjust angle that way and not be locked to 45.
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post #3 of 17
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Exactly. The only flaw is that the side monitors are about 3" below the primary. Not a big deal, but it means I had to measure the side mounts separately. I couldn't just make 3 identical mounts and expect those to work.
post #4 of 17
It looks really good! Does it have much play/wobble?
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post #5 of 17
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Less than when they were all on their default bases. They also don't respond to desk movement. Used to, if I bumped the desk, they would rock. Not anymore. They have an auto on/off feature (pretty common now), so I don't ever have to touch them.
post #6 of 17
Nicely done! I like the 4th monitor addition! If I have the time and money, I may just build a second tier of 3! I have a few more ideas now then when I built the original stand. Maybe someday it'll come to fruition.
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post #7 of 17
thats exactly the stand i was looking for since i have the same quad monitor setup, im still in the process of getting my monitors bolted to the stand tho
post #8 of 17
Bonus: the pipes are hollow. You could theoretically run all your wiring inside of them if they were a larger diameter. You could even drill down through the desk and pass the cables out the bottom where nobody would see them.

Another bonus: Make a set of mounts to attach your speakers to the monitor stands.

Sweet setup. One of these days I want to upgrade to a PLP format with my 30" Dell in the center , flanked by a couple 22's.
post #9 of 17
no way, that's awesome. That would be even cooler if it was men't to be a steam punk design.
post #10 of 17
looks kinda familiar... (4th link in sig)

Seriously though, looks good
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